It's Christmas Eve, and I'm a parish pastor. Ask me anything!
It’s that day of the year for many an annual/semiannual/otherwise special visit to church to celebrate Jesus’s (alleged) birthday! I said at the start of last year’s AMA that 2020 sure was a doozy of a year, and 2021 just doubled down on 2020, so I am not even going to lay any bets down on 2022. I hope that however you celebrate the holiday season allows you some joy and cheer in sending off 2021.
I have been doing these on Christmas Eve for several years now and still absolutely love doing them—they are a genuine highlight of my holiday. I hope to bring a little bit of levity and good humor to your Christmas Eve, wherever you may be, with this year’s annual Christmas Eve AMA. So, ask me anything about Christianity, the church, the Bible, what lies at the end of a rainbow, you name it.
A bit about my background—I have been in church ministry for the past twelve years, ten of them as an ordained pastor. In that time, I have served four different congregations, mostly as a solo pastor but also in interim and associate pastor-type roles. In short, I have definitely both seen some stuff and learned some stuff.
And, as always, my usual two disclaimers: 1) I am doing this solely in my personal capacity—I am not an official spokespastor for my denomination, region, publisher, or Christianity itself. And 2) I will not answer a question in a way that would necessitate betraying the confidentiality or privacy of the people for whom I am their pastor.
Edit: That’s all the time I have this Christmas Eve! I will try to get to one or two more questions if I have time later, but I want to thank y'all for the conversation so far. If you have not yet gotten vaccinated against covid-19 and are able to do so, please get vaccinated! If you have been vaccinated but have not yet gotten a booster and are able to do so, please get boosted! Merry Christmas and God bless.